×
Enjoying ad-free content?
Since July 1, 2024, we have disabled all ads to improve your reading experience.
This commitment costs us $10,000 a month. Your support can help us fill the gap.
Support us
Our journalism is banned in Russia. We need your help to keep providing you with the truth.

Poll: 53% Believe Duma Vote Will Be Rigged

Many voters believe that upcoming State Duma elections will be merely an imitation of a political race and that authorities will rig the outcome, independent pollster Levada Center said Thursday.

The survey results support worries voiced by the political opposition and analysts about Russia's democracy before the elections in December, when Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's United Russia will be vying to remain in power.

Asked if elections "will be only an imitation of a [political] struggle and the distribution of parliamentary seats will be determined by the authorities," 53 percent answered "yes."

Little more than a third of the 1,600 people surveyed in 45 regions between July 15 and 19 said the elections would represent a real competition among parties, Levada said.

United Russia will be hard pressed to maintain its two-thirds majority, opinion polls show, as dissatisfaction rises among voters over inflation, low salaries and inadequate government services.

The party, however, is expected to stay in power.

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Melia said this week that Russia posed the most complex challenge to democratic reform in Europe and that it was important that observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe be invited to monitor the event.

Russia mostly uses a system of manual counting for ballots cast across 83 regions, opening the door to violations that have been criticized by both the opposition and nongovernmental organizations.

President Dmitry Medvedev pledged on Wednesday to eliminate electoral violations from 2015 by setting up digital vote counting, but such reforms will come too late for the Duma elections in December and the March 2012 presidential vote.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

Once
Monthly
Annual
Continue
paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more